The Weekend Round-Up: April 19-20


Whether you’re looking for ways to celebrate the holiday or simply seeking fun things to do with the kids, there’s plenty to pick from, both special events and tried & true DC pursuits, to ensure a good time. Happy Weekend!

Festival of Spring
Where: Burnside Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: Starts at $3

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va! Burnside Farm’s annual spring festival showcasing the season’s flowers just opened this week, and word has it the blooms – daffodils, tulips, and Dutch iris – are beautiful, and they’re just getting started. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of flowers in a rainbow of colors so and pick your own. This sounds like a sight to behold. Don’t forget the camera.

Eggcellent Celebrations
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Many places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole family hopping with joy. See this post for a list of them.

Vacation at the Drive-In
Where: Union Market
When: Friday, 8pm (gates open at 6pm)
Admission: $10/car or free in the picnic area

Union Market, home to the highly acclaimed food market is bringing back their wildly popular Drive-In outdoor movie series this spring.  Films will screen outdoors on Union Market’s 3-story wall on Fridays starting tonight with National Lampoon’s Vacation. Folks watch the movies from their parked cars and listen through their car radios or from the picnic area in front of the market. A variety of Union Market vendors and Suburbia will also participate serving themed food, drinks, and snacks. The Union Market Drive-In is $10 per car (tickets are available online), but seating in the picnic area will be first come first serve, free of charge.

Nats vs. Cards
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Take the kids out to the ballgame! The Nats are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals all weekend with an evening game tonight, an afternoon match-up on Saturday, and another game on Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack. And don’t forget you can stay post0game on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Catch a performance of The Jungle Book at Adventure Theatre
* Cinderella: The Remix just opened at Imagination Stage
* See Once on this Island at Olney Theatre
* Fly away to Neverland with The Washington Ballet’s Peter Pan at the Kennedy Center
* Groovy Nate is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.
* The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is at Ford’s Theatre through May 17.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $30/1-day pass, $50/2-day pass, free for kids 10 and under

This celebration of popular culture is DC’s comic-con, embracing all aspects of geekdom and pop culture. Expect a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and much more. Special events will include fun with comic book artists, cool science and hands-on activities, trivia contests, and gaming tournaments. Especially for kids will be all-day art stations, children’s book readings, art projects, The Geek Balloonist, and more (view the full kids’ schedule.)

Revolutionary War Living History Day
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Step back in time and learn about the Revolutionary War veterans and patriots interred at Historic Congressional Cemetery. Take a Revolutionary War tour of the grounds. Watch and learn about the musket through firing demonstrations, and listen to a concert featuring the music of the time as performed by the baroque trumpets from the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps.

Tots to Teens Expo
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Get direct access to a wealth of different businesses and services that help make life easier for DC-area families. There is no other regional event that focuses exclusively on products or services that cater to children and teens. The O.S.S.E. Tots to Teens Expo fills that void — and so much more. Some exciting fun things for kids include, but aren’t limited to: Bumper cars, Toddler & Tiara pageant, Roller skating, Tennis, Fencing, Kids cooking classes, Fitness stage, 3,000 sq feet of inflatables and much more.

Salting Fish
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/children & seniors

Visit the Farm family and learn about the important contributions the Potomac River makes in their lives, as they clean and salt down their yearly catch of herring. The public is invited to help scale, clean, and pack the fish into jars – and educational and fun activity!

Kids’ Farm Month
Where: National Zoo
When: April 1 – 30
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Zoo’s Kids’ Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, throughout the month of April with a variety of activities and events. Every day, the Zoo will have special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. And you can stop by the lion/tiger information booth to pick up a special coloring sheet and seed packet.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: All over the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re simply looking for things to do outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids


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